- Define the term neohormones.
- In which class of vertebrate animals (ie. amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals) did neohormones evolve?
- Identify three neohormones important for lactation.
As mammals evolved, a new variety of hormone began to develop. The unique demands of having placentas and making milk for babies that required rapid development post delivery led to this transformation of hormones. These hormones are now identified as neohormones. Neohormones not only facilitate reproduction in the mammal, but they direct the development of mammary tissue and are a significant component of human milk. These specialized neohormones also interact with the epigenome, targeting certain genes to lead to reproductive success for the mammal. Bioactive neohormones significantly contributed to the success of mammals throughout the ages and continue to contribute to the long-term health, development, and fertility of humans. Learn about these fascinating hormones, their role in mammalian fertility and reproduction, and how they play important roles in human milk feeding.
- What is a neohormone
- How/why evolution changed hormones for mammals
- How do neohormones function in the body
- The unique neohormones of pregnancy
- Neohormones involved in lactation
- Current research on neohormones